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Are Your Students Puzzled By Consonant Blends?

Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends.
Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends.

Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends. One thing students need to understand is the difference between digraphs and blends.

In digraphs, two letters represent one sound. Examples of digraphs include wh, ch, ck, and sh. On the other hand, in blends, two or three consonants come together but represent distinct sounds, as in bl, fl, gr, st, mp, nt. There are many more examples. 

You can help students tackle segmenting and blending with simple activities. 

Consonant blends around the room

Start by looking around the room and spying blend words. They can be objects themselves or words on your word wall. Examples might include:

  • Flag
  • Gift
  • Lamp
  • Dress
  • Plant
  • Stamp

Preview your room and bring in some objects with blends in their name if necessary. Say, “I spy a …” and then segment the word. For example, “I spy a f-l-a-g.” Then blend the sounds together to make the word flag. Point out the blend at the beginning and how you can hear both sounds. Do some more segmented words and have students blend the sounds together to get the word. Ask them to point out the consonant blends. 

Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends.

Consonant blends silly sentences

Have students make up silly sentences with your consonant blend words. For example, The frog and the slug grin at the grub. Have students write the words and underline the consonant blends. Then have them read their sentences aloud to a partner. 

Alternatively, read consonant blends silly sentences aloud and have kids identify the consonant blend words and practice writing them. 

Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends.

Consonant blends bingo

Create bingo boards with consonant blends in each square. Then read off words that contain the blends. You can read the words blended together or you can segment the sounds and have your students practice blending. When students hear a word containing one of the blends on their boards, they mark the consonant blend with a bingo marker. 

Consonant blends puzzles

My students always love puzzles, and consonant blends puzzles are no exception. When students put the strips of these puzzles together, the image at the top is completed and students can determine the consonant blend word. There are three versions of the puzzles for different levels:

  • The image with the word printed below it. 
  • The image with the word printed below in dotted letters for students to trace. 
  • The image with space for students to write the word. 

Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends.

Students can segment and blend the sounds to determine the word in the first set. In the second set, they can segment the sounds as they write and then blend them together. In the third type, students identify the word, determine how to spell it and write it in the spaces provided. They can segment and blend the sounds as they write.

Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends.

I’ve made consonant blends easy for you with a set of puzzles and worksheets. The worksheets give students practice building words with consonant blends in them. Like the puzzles, the worksheets are leveled giving students a chance to trace or write the word. 

Consonant Blend Worksheets and Puzzles are ready to print, (laminate if you wish) and use. They cover VCC, CVCC, and CCVC words. Use them for independent practice in class, small group work, review, or home practice. 

Your students don’t need to be puzzled by consonant blends any more … give them plenty of practice with consonant blend worksheets and puzzles. Get yours here >> Consonant Blend Worksheets and Puzzles 

Students can always use additional practice segmenting and blending sounds, whether you are working with CVC words, digraphs, or consonant blends. You can help students tackle segmenting and blending with simple activities. #literacy #reading #spelling #phonics

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